Month: August 2017

Three Ways Dance Lessons Are Better Than a Gym Membership

Here come the holidays. And here come the parties, the snacks, the beverages, the little overindulgences that make clothing a bit too tight for comfort. Hey, we like to look…

Here come the holidays.

And here come the parties, the snacks, the beverages, the little overindulgences that make clothing a bit too tight for comfort.

Hey, we like to look good in our smart outfits. Even a couple of pounds can cause distress. We know how easy it is to add a few and how hard it is to get them to vanish.

So what’s the answer? Every gym operator will tell you that New Year’s resolutions create a logjam at the sales desk. Usually those resolutions falter after a month or two. But we can offer you a better place to shape up, a more fun venue to burn those extra calories and an exciting way to surround yourself with people who share your interests.

Dance lessons. Dance lessons at a Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio. Better than a gym. Lots of ways. Let us count them (up to three):

  • Dance provides an excellent all-around workout … without pretending to be a workout. Workouts tend to be that thing we “must” do, while dance is an expression of joy and emotion that provides similar benefits. In 2016, Sciencedirect.com did a study and observed this: “The acute responses to classes of partnered Latin dance and non-partnered Latin-themed aerobic dance suggest that in physically inactive women participation is indeed efficacious in terms of community-based physical activity and psychosocial health promotion.” In English that means dance works as an exercise, while also building stronger social attachments. Which leads us to …
  • A sense of family and community. You will often hear us refer to our Fred Astaire Dance Studio family – that’s how we feel about our students, our instructors and our community. We’re linked. Dancing is social, interactive and certainly lends itself well to partner activities. The gym? Eh, not so much. Everyone has headphones on, everyone is staring at a screen (TV, iPad, phone) and everyone is performing a rote activity seemingly out of necessity rather than desire. Is that what you want? You’d rather have 30 minutes on a treadmill than 30 minutes doing salsa in our studio with people who are actually paying attention to (gasp) another person and not an electronic device?
    Gyms are crowded exactly when you want to be there. Before work. After work. Lunch time. We squeeze in our workouts when we can and we are squeezed in by others as we do. Ever been walking on a treadmill when the next Olympic marathoner begins a 20-mile run at an incline? It’s discouraging. Tired of signing up at the gym and waiting for a stepper or a bike? You don’t wait at FADS.
  • It’s go, go, go. You dance. With a partner, without a partner, it’s all good. Once you walk through the door, your feet get busy and energy surges through your body. You can schedule private ballroom dance lessons or take a group dance class in so many different styles of dance –salsa, Latin, waltz, cha-cha – and not be a faceless entity laboring in anonymity toward this goal of “fitness.” You can dance at our many practice parties, enjoy new partners, build your dance repertoire and your physical conditioning in a supportive atmosphere. And, again, there’s no waiting.
  • Working out is boring. Face it, it’s good for you, but it’s boring. It’s so by-the-numbers, so rote. Lift, run, stretch. Hence the headphones, the music, the TV, and the isolation. Well, if you like music … you’re going to love FADS. Here’s a little secret – without music, there’s no dancing. So you get to enjoy a variety of sounds, whether it’s a Latin beat or something in ¾ time, that stirs you and makes you want to move. You dance, you burn calories, you get more fit and you have the opportunity to dance with others. That’s a part of mental fitness – healthy engagement with your peers, your associates, your FADS family. We also encourage you to stretch after dancing, because we rely so much on personal attention. Has that happened lately at your gym? No? We knew that.
    Fitness encompasses a broad spectrum. It’s physical, it’s emotional and it’s intellectual. Motivation is critical. When you join a Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, you embrace physical fitness and social engagement while improving your skills in ballroom dance. Three out of three ain’t bad.

There’s nothing wrong with your local gym. But everything is right at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, where you condition body, mind and spirit.

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How to Dance Like Noone is Watching

Author and teacher William W. Purkey gave a new and exciting voice to the philosophy that we at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios have lived by for 60 years: “You’ve…

Author and teacher William W. Purkey gave a new and exciting voice to the philosophy that we at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios have lived by for 60 years:

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,

Love like you’ll never be hurt,

Sing like there’s nobody listening,

And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

Those lyrics appeared in a hit song from 2006 and they still resonate. It’s fairly simple. Take risks, be bold, show confidence, enjoy each day.

But, more specifically, how do you dance like there’s nobody watching? How do you develop that passion without worrying how you may look to others?

We have some suggestions.

  1. Take dance classes at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio. In the warm and comfortable atmosphere our studios provide, everyone can feel as if they are magic on the dance floor. We provide a nurturing and learning atmosphere where your dance instructors and fellow students are all willing to help you move past any initial qualms.
  2.  When your dance instructor offers comments, take them positively. Your dance teacher isn’t criticizing what you are doing, simply offering tips and pointers on how you can improve. You will soon see improvement, which you will happily build upon.
  3. Learn from your mistakes. That’s the way we improve. The trick is not to let self-doubt creep in or to let feelings of awkwardness overcome you. Dancing involves building muscle memory and (there’s that word again) confidence. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Consider each one an opportunity to get better.
  4. Take a video of yourself dancing. You can review it as often as you like, then compare it later with video you’ve taken as you’ve put in the time to make yourself a smoother, more confident performer.
  5. Keep smiling. You enjoy dancing. You’re growing more and more comfortable with the dances you do. Your dance partner will certainly appreciate that feeling of sharing in your happiness and you will bask in that shared glow.

For the finest in adult dance classes and the best in ballroom dancing lessons – whether you prefer salsa dance lessons or a waltz – the right choice is Fred Astaire Dance Studios! We’ll help you reach your dance goals and you’ll look and feel better as you work to achieve them. You’ll be more confident, more self-assured and more motivated when you work with one of our instructors, dance with friends old and new and redefine your body with some fast-paced steps.

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